St. Patrick's Day Irish Celebration
Annual St. Patrick's Day Festival Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Orange County Market Place / Swap Meet
So you think you can dance? An estimated 20,000 people show up annually at the affordable, family fun St. Patrick's Day Festival at Orange County Market Place held at the Orange County Fairgrounds.
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Bag Lady
Noon to 2 p.m. Abbit O' Blarney, the Trash Talking Leprechaun
Gourmet Food Trucks: Barcelona-on-the-go, Burnt Truck, Crepes Bonaparte, Dogzilla, Falasophy and Grilled Cheese Truck.
Eco Friendly Crafts, Upcycled-Recycled Art
Irish Pride clothing and souvenirs
Eco Transportation: SoCal Smarties Meet Up
The event each year includes youth dance groups from local Irish dance schools that amaze the audience with the glittery costumes and high stepping acts. Irish stilt-walkers, magicians, green lemonade, green mint ice cream and green beer are a few of the accents to the event held a weekend near March 17, St. Patrick's Day.
Entertainment include acts like: All things green will share the spotlight during the Annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration & Green Festival. Combining a bit o' the Blarney spirit and eco-friendly living, activities will range a broad spectrum with everything from zero waste, composting, plastic bag weaving to green food, Irish dancers and strolling leprechauns. A unique tie to the Emerald Isle is that Ireland was the first country to take a strong stand against the use of plastic bags, and develop a tax on them, which was in 2002. This resulted in an almost immediate 94% drop in plastic bag use in Ireland after the tax was effective and set the standard for other countries to follow suit.
Nearly 100 dancers, many of them world champions, will perform jigs, reels, and soft and hard shoe numbers while donning their academy's distinctive colorful costumes. The Claddagh School of Irish Dancing from Lake Forest performs, along with McDermott Evans School of Irish Dance, Aniar Academy of Irish Dance from Laguna Niguel and Butler-Fearon O'Connor School of Irish Dance in Mission Viejo.
More: Gourmet food trucks offering special Irish and green” food items. The Market Place will offer green beer and lemonade along with green mint ice cream.